Banchory slip out of cup

Banchory Amateurs finally played their fourth round Scottish Cup tie away to Dundee Premier Division team St James.

This was Banchory’s first game since mid-November due to the adverse weather conditions and it was to the credit of both teams that the standard of football played was so high.

The game had to be moved on the morning of the game to another pitch in Dundee due to the hard ground conditions, and although a pitch was found the conditions were difficult as the ground was frozen, which created a very slippery surface.

St James started the game playing down the slope, and began the game at a high tempo, putting pressure on the Banchory defence from the start.

St James took the lead after 15 minutes when a poor clearance was returned down the St James’ right, and as the ball appeared to be going out of play, the St James’ right winger managed to control the ball and fire in a dangerous cross, which came off Mackie and into the Banchory net for an own goal.

Things got worse ten minutes later as another poor clearance led to a St James corner.

From the clearance it fell to a St James’ player who, with a drop of the shoulder sent three Banchory players the wrong way, and the resulting shot deflected off McGregor and past Rogers in the Banchory goal.

Banchory could only muster up a couple of half chances with Chalmers coming the closest from a long range shot.

At the other end St James came close twice before half time to increasing there lead.

Banchory started the second half with the slope in their favour and dominated the first ten minutes of the second half where they looked the most likely to score.

Smith was causing havoc down the left with two great runs, but the away side were unable to capitalise.

Banchory threw on forward Tully in the hope of pulling one back, as the away side began controlling the midfield.

However, twenty minutes into the second half Banchory were caught out at the back again when a clearance from McGregor fell to the St James attacker who scored from the edge of the box.

Banchory made two further changes bringing on B. Mackie and James Smith to push forward and try to get back into the game, although this left them exposed at the back.

Then, a long ball through left the forward the easy task of netting the fourth after Rogers slipped on the tricky surface.

Team:Rogers, Christie, John Smith, F Mackie, McGregor, Rooney, Chalmers, Proven, Norton, Fegen and Duguid. Subs: Tully, B Mackie, James Smith, Fitzpatrick & Murdoch.